The second poll in a series of retirement pulse polls by Sun Life Financial suggests that discomfort over aging and hopes of remaining independent throughout the golden years prevents many Americans from planning long-term care. “Shut Your Eyes and Hope for The Best: American Attitudes Toward Long Term Care Planning,” surveyed both mainstream and affluent Americans age 50 and older.
Sun Life said this lack of planning and the fact that many respondents don’t think they’ll need assistance is problematic given that the Department of Health and Human Services says 70 percent of Americans age 65 and older will eventually need some form of assistance with daily living, such as with bathing, dressing or eating.
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